Ten members of the Philadelphia Union Academy signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. These 10 players will join their respective colleges this summer ahead of the Fall 2015 semester.
“I am personally delighted that the hard work and dedication of our players and families has resulted in them achieving a place at some of the country's top educational establishments. I hope, in time, they will return to the Union and progress on to our first team," said Union Academy Technical Director Tommy Wilson.
These members have helped lead the Union U18s to a 7-4-3 record so far during the 2014-15 season and in the fight for a playoff spot. The currently sit in fourth place in the Atlantic Division and begin their spring season on March 7 against Baltimore Bays Chelsea.
"I would like to express my warmest congratulations to our graduating seniors," said U18s head coach Peter Fuller. "The effort and energy they have put forth over the last two years within our academy has been exceptional. That combined with their academic success has afforded them the unique opportunity to continue their soccer careers at some of the finest universities in our country. We wish them the best as they leave us and thank them for the positive example they’ve been here at Philadelphia Union Academy both on and off the field."
Along with Will Campbell (North Carolina), Zach Zandi (Villanova) have been mainstays for Fuller's team the past two years. They both started every game each of the last two seasons and have been a driving force behind the team's success. Zandi said he couldn't be happier to take his game to the next level and thanked the Union for helping him achieve that.
The 10 players who have already announced their commitments are:
|William Campbell||Wallingford, Pa.||YSC Academy||University of North Carolina|
|Kevin Carvalho||Richboro, Pa.||YSC Academy||Northeastern University|
|Morgan Hackworth||Wallingford, Pa.||Strath Haven||Syracuse University|
|Nick Jachwak||Souderton, Pa.||Souderton HS||Loyola University, Maryland|
|Garrett Keys||Whitehall, Pa.||YSC Academy||La Salle University|
|Cameron Keys||Whitehall, Pa.||YSC Academy||La Salle University|
|Brandon Levano||Whitehall, Pa.||YSC Academy||Loyola University|
|Zach Perez||Edison, N.J.||Rutgers Preparatory School||Rutgers University|
|John Schroeder||Houston, Texas||YSC Academy||University of Delaware|
|Zach Zandi||West Chester, Pa.||Henderson HS||Villanova University|
For more information about the Union Academy, visit: www.philadelphiaunion.com/academy